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A Love To Last

on May 7, 2012

So, I’ve been thinking, lately about the way children grow. This weekend I attended the beautiful wedding of one of my cousins. Now this cousin happens to be one that I carried on my hip for years. I’ve always loved children, and especially babies. And he was “my” baby. And I just witnessed him becoming a husband. Thinking about how old that must’ve made me feel? I hadn’t thought of that, but thanks for rubbing it in pointing it out. And it left me thinking about how just a few minutes ago, it seems, I was a tween, and he just a baby… it makes me realize that in seemingly a few more minutes, I’ll be watching my own children walk down the aisle. And that is truly mind blowing.

While I thought about what it would be like to watch one of my babies pledge their lives to someone, other than me, I couldn’t help but think of all the things I hope they find in a partner. I mean, how many times have we watched friends and family in relationships where we’re like Ugh, what do they see in him? Or How can he not see the way she treats him? But, let’s face it, it’s fairly safe to say that lots of us have been in a relationship like that. Where we couldn’t see what was right in front of our faces. So how do I teach my children to avoid that? How do I tell them about the things to look for in a spouse?

The long and short of it is that I show them.

I teach my daughter that although sometimes it feels like she will never stop talking, all of her words are worth listening to. I teach my sons that honesty is more important than being the one that is right. I show my daughter that true beauty is in showing kindness to those who are undeserving, because in reality, everyone deserves a little kindness. I show my boys the importance of gentleness. I show my daughter that her dreams are as important as anyone else’s by living out my own. I show my sons that raising a family is thing to be proud of, by having pride in our daily interactions. I show my children what commitment looks like. I show my children that their father is a man worthy of respect, by the way that I respect him. I show my children that I am not servant to their father, who follows behind him, but a partner, who walks along side of him. I show my children these things because this is how they will choose their partner. These are the ideals they’ll carry with them. The way their father and I relate to each other, and the way we relate to them. I can only hope that they see all the things I am trying to show them. And that I can remember to behave in a way that is intentional, so that I am showing them, and teaching them patience. With each other. With me. With their future partners. Because heaven knows, in marriage, and in life, you need a lot of patience to get you through.

To my baby cousin, who is now a married man, and his sweet wife: Hold hands, even when you don’t feel like it. Kiss each other goodnight, even when you don’t want to. Have a tradition that you stick to, and really stick to it. Because when you continue to behave as if you’re madly in love, it’s hard for those feelings not to follow. And in the hard times, that will get you through. And DO go to sleep mad once in a while. Sometimes you do need some sleep to think clear-headed and not to just say words out of frustration, anger, and sleep deprivation. Don’t look at arguments as an end, rather as a beginning to learning better forms of communication between each other. And from a former young bride to another, remember that while others may think you young and naive, really it just leaves you with all the more years of growing old together- and making fun of those that stood in your way.  Love you!

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9 responses to “A Love To Last

  1. Christine says:

    This made me cry. My daughter’s getting married in 2 months and I can’t begin to explain the emotions that flow through me. I am thankful she found a wonderful boy (man) who is just like my husband – loving, kind, softspoken and strong. I love (X infinity) this post and the message it brings. Thanks for sharing!

    • :) So sweet! I can only imagine the emotions you’re feeling right now, Mama! It makes me feel emotional and my oldest isn’t even 6 yet! But yay for showing your children how to pick their spouse- based on the lovely attributes you two share!

  2. winsomebella says:

    The way you teach your children about all those very important things is fabulous. And yes, it will be only the blink of an eye and they will be on their own. Thankfully, you realize that and are appreciating the moments and till then :-)

  3. Letjoy says:

    Reblogged this on My Big Cloth Adventure and commented:
    Love this so much

  4. I LOVE do go to sleep angry sometimes! I know that trying to meet some unwritten stupid rule of ‘don’t go to bed mad’ has prompted me to nag and rant us into some real doozies. If I had only shut up and fumed myself to sleep it would have been muuuuch better! Almost 31 years of marriage, 29,27,and 22 yr old CHILDREN, I don’t get it, I think of myself as 22 myself!

  5. flamidwyfe says:

    Your kids will learn from your example and you are setting a loving, respectful and beautiful example!

  6. I remember when I found out my cousins were having babies. I babysat for them when they were little. That just totally blew my mind. Knowing that they’re grown up now..

    As far as marriage itself.. it sounds like you guys have a pretty solid marriage and that’s something wonderful that your kids will remember when they pick partners of their own. :)

  7. There’s this saying (somewhere on Pinterest, of course): “Marry the man you want your son to be.” While my husband has his many annoying (MANY), I realize that I wouldn’t want someone changing me. He’s the best father I could ever ask for!

  8. What a beautiful post. With moms like you our children will find loving partners that fit with them. I’m hoping that my daughter will pick up on my and my husband’s example too. :)

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